Germany's largest science center, the experimenta in Heilbronn, opened on 28 March. With an area of around 25,000 square metres, it is a unique world of knowledge and experience for young and old. In a special way, it stands for the joy of experimentation, knowledge and innovation. The futuristic new building houses the exhibition area “Entdeckerwelten” with the four themes “StoffWechsel” (metabolic processes), “KopfSachen” (mental matters), “WeltBlick” (world view) and “ForscherLand” (research area).
The Science Dome promises to be one of the main attractions of the new science centre – a unique combination of a planetarium and a theatre. It invites visitors to immerse themselves in other worlds – without visual boundaries. The high-quality multimedia and theatrical equipment of the Science Dome creates an atmosphere that is unparalleled even in today's media-influenced world – with wind and fog machines, water curtains, state-of-the-art laser technology and the specially equipped star projector UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX from ZEISS. The auditorium on a turntable is also unique: when the auditorium rotates 180 degrees, visitors find themselves under a state-of-the-art star dome or in front of the theatre stage.
The star projector for the inclined 21.5 m dome is also in a class of its own. Modern LED light sources let the stars shine like needlesticks in the mantle of the night. The projector is the first of the series with motor-controlled shutters for dimming the stars at the sloping edge of the dome. It cooperates with several digital planetarium systems and is not only retractable, but also rotates in the opposite direction to the rotating auditorium – unique in the planetarium world. All guests. They are invited to wonder and learn.